“Goodbye to Summer” Picnic and Membership Drive

Welcome back, Houston Section!

Join us for the first event of the year with a refreshing picnic, straw rockets, and horseshoes at the NASA/JSC Gilruth Center Live Oak Pavilion followed by an engaging talk from Daniel Palomo on “Is Houston ready to host the International Astronautical Federation 2018/19 Congress”:
Saturday, September 20, 2014
11:00am – 3:00pm

Hold your horseshoes, there is more information to come… Please see more information on the event page.

May/June 2014 Horizons Issue

The May/June 2014 issue of Horizons is now online (46 pages in a 9 MB PDF file). Horizons is the newsletter of the Houston Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). This issue’s cover story is, “Morpheus, The Ups and Downs of an Autonomous Lander,” by Jon Olansen, NASA/JSC. This issue also contains climate change science and public policy articles, a book review by Bill West of the novel The Martian, by Andy Weir, a report on the 45th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, by Larry Jay Friesen, and articles and schedules from the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society (JSCAS), including, “Building an Astronomer’s Chair,” by Jim Wessel, and a summary of a presentation to JSCAS members by NASA astronaut Dr. Stanley G. Love, “Challenges of Traveling to Mars.”

2014 Spirit of Apollo Scholarship Recipient

It’s with pleasure that the AIAA Houston scholarship committee announces the selection of Haripriya Sundararaju as the recipient of this year’s Spirit of Apollo scholarship. Ms. Sundararaju is pursuing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston. She was selected out of a group of five students that applied this year. The student has been notified and invited to attend our awards dinner on June 26th.

Rafael E. Munoz
Scholarship Chair